In Case You Didn’t Know: May Is Military Appreciation Month

There are a number of national observances in May of each year: Victory in Europe (VE) Day (May 8); Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 12); Armed Forces Day (May 20), and Memorial Day (May 29). And the entire month of May is known as Military Appreciation Month (MAM).

Recognizing that many Americans are unaware, Lou Ortiz, the director of Texas Tech University’s Military and Veterans Program, said

I would have to guess it is a very small percentage of the population that even knows it’s Military Appreciation Month.

Senator John McCain introduced legislation in 1999 to designate May as MAM. Afterwards, both the House and Senate adopted proclamations to officially establish this observance. Included was the statement urging the president to issue a proclamation asking all Americans to observe MAM.

This year, Vice-President Mike Pence released a statement from the White House that included:

Our service members served their country in a way and at a time that challenged each one of them to step up the perseveration of our way of life.

The old book says, if you owe debts, pay debts. If honor, then honor. If respect, then respect. These men and women are among the best of us.

In closing, Pence said:

In this administration, we will not rest and will not relent until we give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources they need to accomplish their mission, defend our nation, and come home safe.

We’re going to see our veterans to make sure that the promises that they earned in uniform are kept by the American people.

And we’re never going to hesitate to honor those who’ve served, and to pay a debt of honor and gratitude to all who in their moment, in their time said, yes, to America. And because they said, yes, freedom prevails to this day. has listed 20 Deals and Discounts, Dining, Travel, Arts & Recreation, and Amusement Parks available across the country. Each listing provides the availability for various active duty service members, veterans, and their families.

And Military Times also lists fourteen similar deals. But they also provide eight “words of caution” that everyone should read before jumping in on these free benefits.

So all y’all go out, take advantage of these deals, and have some fun this May.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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